I’ve noticed a lot of people seem to be feeling despair these days, and I’m wondering if you have noticed this too. Strong political divisions. Climate crisis. War. The fear of extinction. I read recently that despair-correlated deaths such as suicide, drug overdose, and alcohol-related deaths have risen to unprecedented levels, especially in young…

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Focus on What You Want in Order to Create it for Yourself - The Art of Living Consciously

  Many of us wait for life to happen to us and hope we get what we want. We don’t take responsibility for our lives and our experience. Now, of course, things happen to us and around us that are out of our control. We can’t control the weather. We can’t control other people. And…

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How To End The Comparison Game - The Art of Living Consciously

  When was the last time you compared yourself to someone else?   If you’re like most of us, the answer is probably “a few minutes ago.”   Social media is a huge part of our lives right now, and because of this we’re more likely than ever to compare ourselves to others. Our Instagram and Facebook…

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How to Make the “Right” Decision - The Art of Living Consciously

When we have a decision to make, we tend to focus on making the “right” decision.

We might spend a lot of time weighing the pros and cons of each choice. Our emotions are in turmoil as we think over and over, “what if I make the wrong choice?”

After all, you don’t want to make the “wrong” choice! What if you marry the “wrong” person or choose the “wrong” career? What if you choose to live in the “wrong” place or buy the “wrong” house?

Notice that I’m using quotation marks around the words “right” and “wrong” here.

That’s because these words are only labels about our opinion about the outcome of the decision.
So what could we do instead?

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“Nurture in Nature” – An Interview with Louise Finlayson - The Art of Living Consciously

  Nature is one of our greatest opportunities to connect with ourselves, the world, and each other. I love to practice mindfulness outdoors! It’s also one of the best places to connect with and nurture our children. I was recently interviewed Tania Maloney on the Nurture in Nature series, and it was a wonderful conversation!…

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Questions to Find Your Purpose - The Art of Living Consciously

  Do you have a sense of purpose in your life? Many of us get so caught up with the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we lose sight of the big picture. Taking time to think about what is your life about is important. When we have a sense of purpose, our lives…

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How to address negative thinking - The Art of Living Consciously

  Whether you realize it or not, about 80% of your thoughts are negative. Do any of these phrases ring a bell? I’m too fat/too skinny/too short/too tall/too angry/too passive/too…. I didn’t do that right/I blew it/I failed/He blew it/…. I hope no one saw that/I’m so embarrassed/If anyone knew that about me I’d die……

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How positive attitudes promote health - The Art of Living Consciously

  There have been thousands of scientific studies demonstrating attitudinal, emotional, and cognitive effects on physiology, health, and healing. Despite this, most people don’t grasp how to use this to their benefit. For instance, we know that a positive attitude is health promoting. It sounds simple enough. It is simple, but not necessarily easy for…

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